Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Strike 2024 (98 16x19 and 100 16x20)

TW Staff

Administrator
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

For the first playtest of 2024, we are pleased to offer a limited playtest of the brand new Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19 and Pure Strike 100 16x20. This playtest is open to USA Talk Tennis members only.

VERY IMPORTANT: Playtesters will be required to get their test racquet strung. Each racquet will be shipped with two set of strings (one poly/one multi). We will have two grip sizes available - grip 2 and 3.

Application period is now closed. Selected participants will receive an email by January 10th, 2024.

We have a very limited quantity of racquets to playtest. We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including message board participation and performance on past playtests.

Your review is due by February 9th, 2024 by 5 pm PST.

Posting a full review by the deadline is necessary to remain in good standing for future playtests. Reviews lacking sufficient effort will resort in disqualification from the playtest program.

Include the following in your review:

String and tension used for test:
Tennis experience/background:
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
Current racquet/string setups:
How many hours did you play with the racquet?

Comments on racquet performance for each stroke (each section should be 3-5 sentences minimum):
-Groundstrokes:
-Serves:
-Volleys:
-Serve returns:

Comments on racquet performance in each area (should be 2-3 sentences minimum)
Power/Control-
Top Spin/Slice-
Comfort-
Feel-
Maneuverability-
Stability-

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

Thanks,
TW Staff

We will delete “request sent” emails, but encourage a lively “pre-game” discussion on the racquets.
 
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Ooo, I am looking forward to the reviews of this racket. I wonder if it will be a previous strikes... Hopefully the colors stay the same too.
 

taylor15

Hall of Fame
Ooo, I am looking forward to the reviews of this racket. I wonder if it will be a previous strikes... Hopefully the colors stay the same too.

wonder no longer :). I think the new colors look cleaner, never loved the orange grommets.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
Awesome! As a former avid user of the 16x19 98 Pure Strike and lover of the new PA frames, excited about this release and the unique new specs!
Are there any differences in specs between the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Strikes apart from adding a couple of new models and anecdotes of increased sweet spots? I compared the Strike VS specs with the new Strike 97 and they seem to be exactly the same including for stiffness even though they are supposed to have incorporated HF2 technology to change the way vibrations are damped.
 

Fighting phoenix

Professional
Are there any differences in specs between the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Strikes apart from adding a couple of new models and anecdotes of increased sweet spots? I compared the Strike VS specs with the new Strike 97 and they seem to be exactly the same including for stiffness even though they are supposed to have incorporated HF2 technology to change the way vibrations are damped.
More flexible it appears, especially the 100 16x20, plus that one looks pretty head light so different balance / options in the 100 inch at least.
 

Trip

Hall of Fame
EXTREMELY interested in testing the 100 16x20 -- for all the obvious reasons! Looking to see how it stacks up to the Prestige MP-L 16x19 (65RA 21.5mm beam 16x19), as well as the 2019 Prince Textreme Tour 100P (66RA 100" 18x20), among others!
 

Trip

Hall of Fame
Wonder if this is softer then V3. But with some arm issues, and a better endurance, I planned on going back to the pure strike VS when the weather warms up
All of them are softer, save for the PSVS-to-97 transition, which is roughly the same, but the PSVS was already in the low 60's, so at this point the entire line is in the low 60's RA.
 

cd3768

Rookie
Wonder how this will play. I was on the 100 playtest for the 3rd gen. Interesting to see they went with a 16x20 instead of 16x19. Honestly good idea.
I have a Gravity MP (G360+), Shift 300, and Steam 100 - all of which are 16x20’s, so I’d like to see how they compare to the PS100.
 

Ombudsman

New User
Yes!!

Love that the PS100 has a 61 RA, may just be the change many need. Look forward to the feedback.
 
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18x20 ftw

Semi-Pro
I have five of the current pure strikes in 3rd gen, great racquets. Really looking forward to seeing how the new ones perform.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I’ve been waiting a long time for the new strike, it’s been on my mind as a frame to move on to from my extremes due to the extra mass. Looking forward to everyone’s feedback!
 

Soundbyte

Hall of Fame
Throwing my name back into the mix for playtests once again for the 98. Have the PSVS and have used all the prior gens. Interesting to see what the new changes are like.

As always, Thanks TW for doing this!

Edit: just browsed the specs and realized the 100 looks more like the VS than the 98 (but there's the 97 [PSVS successor] too). More options than I was expecting!
 
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Chairman3

Hall of Fame
Like the new look, very clean
Also glad they didn't ditch the VS, just renamed. Wonder if it changed at all though?
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Like the new look, very clean
Also glad they didn't ditch the VS, just renamed. Wonder if it changed at all though?
If I had to guess ways it changed they may have made the swingweight a little lighter or feel, the feel was a little muted on the previous gen, which I enjoyed and didn’t feel upset by.

Edit: on the 16/19(model im most interested in) they’ve bumped up the swingweight to 330. Interesting, maybe even more powerful than Gen 3?
 

StringStrungStrang

Professional
If you like the last 2 gens of Babolat's Pure Strike you should like the styling of the new Gen 4 !
Can't wait to experience the Pure Strike's new softer side - RA of 64. The feel should be off the charts !!
New subtler graphics, "Back in Black" bumper guard and 2x the red/orange to like !! Sign me up !!

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Soundbyte

Hall of Fame
As a PK7G fan, the 16x20 Strike looks very interesting. Very similar to the standard length 5G, but less stiff.

Most excited about that one. Historically I have not enjoyed the Pure Strike line other than the VS.
 

Holic

Rookie
Well, since they removed fsi power and replaced it with fsi control the launch angle should be lower and thats a GOOD THING
 

TennisHound

Legend
Power is nice to have, but the Strikes have always felt a little “unfinished” or needed “fine-tuning”. Maybe lowering the stiffness will finally give it a better/ more refined feel.
 

StringStrungStrang

Professional
Having a lower RA and tighter pattern, it sounds like the 100 16x20 leans more toward the first gen PS VS
Of all Babolat's new Pure Strike Family the 16x20 100 is the most interesting. I am very interested to hear what people say about this one, especially with an RA of 61. Could these lower RAs deliver that solid feel that we all crave? Till now I've gotten there (easily) with some lead tape, silicone and power pads on my PO17. Still, personally I went with what I know in the PS 98 16x19.
Did anyone notice the recommended string tensions have dropped too? Another subtle shift in products or just marketing recognizing that players are going lower now?
 
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McLovin

Legend
Throwing my name back into the mix for playtests once again for the 98. Have the PSVS and have used all the prior gens. Interesting to see what the new changes are like.

As always, Thanks TW for doing this!

Edit: just browsed the specs and realized the 100 looks more like the VS than the 98 (but there's the 97 [PSVS successor] too). More options than I was expecting!
Here’s hoping one of us makes the cut.
 

Purestriker

Legend
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

For the first playtest of 2024, we are pleased to offer a limited playtest of the brand new Babolat Pure Strike 98 16x19 and Pure Strike 100 16x20. This playtest is open to USA Talk Tennis members only.

VERY IMPORTANT: Playtesters will be required to get their test racquet strung. Each racquet will be shipped with two set of strings (one poly/one multi). We will have two grip sizes available - grip 2 and 3.

Please send applications to discussadmin@tennis-warehouse.com with the below information:

Title: Babolat Pure Strike 2024 Playtest
Full Name:
Shipping Address (one line):
Email:
Username:
Racquet choice: (98 16x19 or 100 16x20):
Grip Size (2 or 3):

We have a very limited quantity of racquets to playtest. We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including message board participation and performance on past playtests.

Your review is due by {check back soon}.

Posting a full review by the deadline is necessary to remain in good standing for future playtests. Reviews lacking sufficient effort will resort in disqualification from the playtest program.

Include the following in your review:

String and tension used for test:
Tennis experience/background:
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
Current racquet/string setups:
How many hours did you play with the racquet?

Comments on racquet performance for each stroke (each section should be 3-5 sentences minimum):
-Groundstrokes:
-Serves:
-Volleys:
-Serve returns:

Comments on racquet performance in each area (should be 2-3 sentences minimum)
Power/Control-
Top Spin/Slice-
Comfort-
Feel-
Maneuverability-
Stability-

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

Thanks,
TW Staff

We will delete “request sent” emails, but encourage a lively “pre-game” discussion on the racquets.
Been looking forward to this racket release for a long time.
 

badmice2

Professional
Very interesting to see the 100. Spec mirrors the Gravity MP, but slightly beefier overall weight. What will be telling is whether it plays like a buttery flex like a Gravity/PT630 frame vs. a modern day constructed frame - meaning if the frame is a true 61 RDC vs the flex being contributed through the string pattern.
 

PMF

Semi-Pro
Wow. I really like the specs of the 100 16x20. If the play testers say it’s comfortable, I will be interested.
 
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Alcawrath

Professional
With the pure strike line in direct competition with Wilson blades, Head radicals & gravities, Yonex percepts, and to a lesser degree, Dunlop CXs, TF40s, and WOs, I'm really excited to read the results from this playtest to see how the latest PS generation stacks up against the competition and how it distinguishes itself from the field. Especially with the percept line being released within the last six months and a new blade release imminent!
 
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AZJ1973

Rookie
Very interested in the 100 16x20 due to the flex rating. However, I am seeing differing ratings. TW says 61, and T Express says 64. Do they use different scales?
 

darkother

Rookie
Interesting that both Babolat and Yonex are putting out 100 sq. in. 16x20 racquets so close to each other, after not really offering anything similar in the last several years. Will be really fun to compare this and the Percept 100d once this releases!
 

Fintft

G.O.A.T.
Very interested in the 100 16x20 due to the flex rating. However, I am seeing differing ratings. TW says 61, and T Express says 64. Do they use different scales?
I'm also interested for the above reasons, although I think that sometimes numbers don't tell the whole story.

My second curiosity would be if it's more powerful than a TGT 293.1 27.25", while being close in control.

Cheers!
 

StringStrungStrang

Professional
The Strike has always been the perfect compliment to the Pure Aero and Pure Drive ! As dynamic as those racquets are, somehow I can't my Pure Strikes (9816x19) down. Babolat seems to put some extra magic in these (power, control, spin and maneuverability) and you can never have too much magic !!
 

Crimsonchen

Rookie
Also excited to see how the ps100 16x20 performs. I loved the pure storm back in the day and haven't cuddled with babolat outside of the aero storm and pure aero vs. curious how comfortable the racquet is since I know a lot of the babolat frames are a bit stiff
 
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